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February 21, 2018

The future of cancer prevention and patient care

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The University of Hawai'i Cancer Center through its various activities, cancer trial patients and their guests, and other visitors adds more than $54 million to the O'ahu economy. It is one of only 69 research institutions designated by the National Cancer Institute. Affiliated with the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, the Center is dedicated to eliminating cancer through research, education, patient care and community outreach with an emphasis on the unique ethnic, cultural, and environmental characteristics of Hawai'i and the Pacific.
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April 10, 2018

3D SCANNERS GIVE NEW INSIGHT TO BODY SHAPE AND HEALTH

HONOLULU – The University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center is studying how body shape information can improve health by using 3D optical scanners and advanced statistical modeling.

“Human body shape is an intuitive marker of health. Emerging 3D optical scanners are safe, inexpensive and accessible. We envision that monitoring body shape when exercising, or changing your diet gives you more useful feedback than change in weight on a scale, and will help people be more successful with their lifestyle changes, live healthier and live longer,” said John Shepherd, PhD, principal investigator of the study and epidemiology researcher at the UH Cancer Center.

Shepherd, his team and collaborators lead the Shape Up! Study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The study aims to develop tools and techniques to derive clinical health information from 3D body scanners.

Researchers will take full-body optical 3D scans at high spatial resolution of 720 adults and 720 kids. The participants will have other measures that are related to health and well-being including,

  • dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scans for body composition,
  • blood test for metabolic markers,
  • strength assessments, and
  • questions regarding their lifestyle and eating habits.

“With this data, we can do some amazing things including modeling body shape changes due to loss or gain of muscle and fat. The findings from these studies will empower researchers, clinicians, and even consumers to measure and monitor their body shape and health,” said Shepherd.

Body shape scans create avatars of the person. Researchers have found there is more impact on a person when her or she looks at a 3D image of themselves versus knowing their weight. The modeling shows where weight came off, or where it could come off with further exercise/nutritional changes. It also shows detailed information of where the waist gets smaller, or where the thighs get smaller.

3D OPTICAL BODY SCAN EXAMPLE

The middle image below is how Shepherd, of the Shape Up Study, looks with his Body Mass Index (BMI) value. What if he lost or gained pure fat? The image on the left is 44 pounds less fat than the current Shepherd in the middle. The far right image is if Shepherd gained 44 pounds of fat. The three images have the same underlying muscle.

3D-body-scan

Shepherd’s research team also looks to develop home body scan devices that accurately predict percent body fat from body shape. The device would show individuals how their body will change when they lose fat and/or gain muscle.

Having an optical body shape system at home could be beneficial for people who have limited access advanced optical imagers and other more expensive technologies.

The Shape Up! Cohort Study is funded by the National Institutes of Health, and is a partnership with the University of Washington Computer Science Department, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, and the University of California at San Francisco.

Interested in participating in the study? Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 808-440-5234


More at: http://www.kitv.com/clip/14272063/3d-body-scanning-turns-users-into-avatars


The University of Hawai'i Cancer Center through its various activities, cancer trial patients and their guests, and other visitors adds more than $54 million to the O'ahu economy. It is one of only 69 research institutions designated by the National Cancer Institute. Affiliated with the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, the Center is dedicated to eliminating cancer through research, education, patient care and community outreach with an emphasis on the unique ethnic, cultural, and environmental characteristics of Hawai'i and the Pacific.
Learn more at www.uhcancercenter.org. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UHCancerCenter. Follow us on Twitter @UHCancerCenter.

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May 15, 2018

UH Cancer Center scientists recognized for international mesothelioma research impact

University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center researchers were awarded for outstanding mesothelioma research from The International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig). The researchers were awarded both of the two awards chosen every two years by iMig.

iMig Wagner Medal 2018: Michele CarboneMichele Carbone, MD, PhD

Michele Carbone, MD, PhD, for "discovering the role and mechanisms of genetics in the pathogenesis of mesothelioma".

iMig presents the Wagner Medal every two years to an individual who has made major original contributions to the understanding of mesothelioma, either in basic or applied research. The Wagner Medal is the highest honor presented by the International Mesothelioma Interest Group to a leader in the field.


Haining Yang, PhD


iMig Research Award 2018: Haining Yang
Haining Yang, MD, PhD, for "discovering the mechanisms of asbestos carcinogenesis".

The iMig Research Award is awarded every two years to recognize the potential significance and impact on the field of novel mesothelioma research (basic, translational, or clinical).

Drs. Carbone and Yang share a lab at the UH Cancer Center and together lead an international team of fellows and students.


iMig is an independent international group of scientists and clinicians working to understand, cure and prevent mesothelioma.


The University of Hawai'i Cancer Center through its various activities, cancer trial patients and their guests, and other visitors adds more than $54 million to the O'ahu economy. It is one of only 69 research institutions designated by the National Cancer Institute. Affiliated with the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, the Center is dedicated to eliminating cancer through research, education, patient care and community outreach with an emphasis on the unique ethnic, cultural, and environmental characteristics of Hawai'i and the Pacific.
Learn more at www.uhcancercenter.org. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UHCancerCenter. Follow us on Twitter @UHCancerCenter.